ALERT -- Court Case Threatens To Kill Brexit Before It Starts
Theresa May faces a new challenge to her bid to start the process to take Britain out of the European Union after it emerged that opponents plan to launch a fresh legal action on Monday.
Campaigners are planning to write to the government to say that they are going to launch a High Court action to keep Britain in the single market.
The claimants are seeking a judicial review in an attempt to give MPs a new power of veto over the terms on which Britain leaves the EU, following a legal path set by campaigner Gina Miller whose case was heard in the Supreme Court last week.
If they are successful, the legal action could stop the prime minister from making a clean break with Brussels, delay her pledge to kick-start negotiations in March or even derail Brexit completely.
The claimants will argue that the government “has no mandate” to withdraw from the single market because it was not on the referendum ballot paper on June 23and was not part of the Conservative Party manifesto for last year’s general election, it was reported on Saturday.
Last week the Telegraph revealed the group was launching the Brexit legal challenge.
The two claimants are Peter Wilding, chairman of pressure group British Influence and who voted to remain; and Adrian Yalland, a Conservative lobbyist who voted to leave.
Mr Wilding said: “This is not stopping Brexit, this is shaping it. The country demands a win-win, smart Brexit; not a lose-lose ideological hard Brexit which will damage the UK, damage Europe and for which there is no need and no mandate.”
Mr Yalland said he was concerned the government would be acting illegally if it did not get a proper mandate for leaving the single market.
British Influence is the group that was accused in last week’s Telegraph of being behind inaccurate reports that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had backed uncontrolled immigration after anonymous EU ambassadors were quoted in various reports saying that Mr Johnson had privately told them he supported free movement of migrants. The group denies the claim.